The Penguins (46-29-6) close out their 82 game schedule tonight when the Matt Duchene and the Ottawa Senators (28-41-11) come to town, puck drop is scheduled for just after 7:30PM from PPG Paints Arena.
Tonight the Penguins conclude their portion of the regular season, or what we as fans have come to know as the 'boring' part of their schedule over the last two years. They'll do so against a god awful Ottawa Senators team.
The Pens are coming off a thrilling and I actually mean thrilling, 5-4 overtime win against the Columbus Blue Jackets last night. Phil Kessel tallied the game winner by firing a wicked wrister over the glove of Bobrovsky just 1:06 into the overtime. Didn't see the goal?
GIF courtesy of DK Pittsburgh Sports. What a shot.
Last night showed how resilient this Penguins team truly is. The Pens found themselves trailing four separate times in the game and managed to come back all four. Even Conor Sheary, who anyone that knows us here at Pens Of Anarchy knows we hate, managed to play the game of his life, scoring one of the biggest goals of the season to tie the game at 4. Even though the Penguins won the game, the Blue Jackets earned the loser point, thus solidifying their spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. No word on if streamers were fired off at Nationwide Arena.
Make no mistake, last night's game was huge. If the Penguins can get a win in regulation or even pick up the loser point in overtime / shootout, they will have locked up the second seed in the Metrosexual Division, thus assuring them home-ice in the First Round of the playoffs, which in all likelihood would start Wednesday night. If you want to feel better about clinching home ice, the Senators are an absolute trainwreck. Over their last ten games, the Sens have managed just two wins. Of course, they are coming off one of those wins, a 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night. Either way, a win tonight would put the Penguins in a very good spot heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Buckle up.
Sidney Crosby has 87 points on the season, if he can somehow add three more tonight (he's superstitious so there's no way he gets a point, let alone three), the Penguins would have three players with 90+ points.
Speaking of Crosby, he took a wicked slash last night from David Savard. He's apparently fine but that's something to watch for.
Ian Cole was on the ice for three of the Penguins goals last night, he even screened Bobrovsky on one of them. It was enjoyable to watch.
Speaking of enjoyable to watch, did anyone see the crowd at PNC Park for the Pirate game last night? There couldn't have been more than 8 people.
With last night's win the Penguins, the worst the Penguins can finish is in the first wildcard spot. They would need a loser point or better yet a win tonight against Ottawa OR if both the New Jersey Devils and Columbus Blue Jackets lose in any fashion, the Penguins would be assured second in the Metrosexual Division.
Special congratulations to the Columbus Blue Jackets for selling out a meaningful game in April. You guys finally did it!!
The Penguins need one point tonight to clinch home ice for the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Don't be surprised if Matt Murray is back in between the pipes tonight.
Conor Sheary is good.
It's "Shirts Off Our Backs" Night tonight, along with Fan Appreciation Night, so yeah.
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